Japan confirmed today what everybody suspects. It is the team to beat in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. With their star pitcher Daisuke Matsusaka as a starter, the Rising Sun warriors sent the Korea team home by easily defeating them by 14-2. Ichiro went three for five in the game and scored three runs. Dice-K went four innings and allowed two earned runs. He struck out one and conceded two bases on balls. His ERA is now 4.50. The game was shortened to seven innings due to the mercy rule.
Yesterday, the Taiwan team was also sent home when it lost two games in a row.
The United States plays Canada at 2 p.m. today, and Cuba will start its play against South Africa, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Both MLB.com and Juventud Rebelde will carry the live play-by-play of the games.